Dallas Takes Center Stage in U.S. Citizenship Campaign

August 24, 2015

On Aug. 18, the New Americans Campaign and New America Media hosted an ethnic media roundtable in Dallas to discuss the barriers that prevent immigrants from becoming citizens, what ethnic media can do to address those hurdles, the role of the citizenship campaign and the opportunities and benefits available to new U.S. citizens. Representatives from […]

2016 Applications Open for Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

August 20, 2015

Each year, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans honors and supports the graduate education of 30 new Americans — permanent residents, naturalized citizens and children of naturalized parents. Applications for the 2016 class of fellows will be accepted through Nov. 1. Each class comprises new Americans who are poised to make significant […]

New Americans Campaign Hits a Home Run with the Detroit Tigers

August 11, 2015

On Saturday, the New Americans Campaign partnered with the Detroit Tigers at the team’s 10th annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! Celebration. This annual celebration recognizes past and current Latino Tigers players and their contributions to baseball. The New Americans Campaign distributed information about citizenship at the event, and a public service announcement about the campaign aired before […]

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance on Eligibility to Modify the Oath of Allegiance

August 10, 2015

By law, before a person gains U.S. citizenship, he or she must take the Oath of Allegiance in a public ceremony. The law, which is part of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, states that in taking the oath, prospective citizens must: Declare support for the Constitution; renounce allegiances to foreign powers. Defend the Constitution against […]

New Americans Success Act Introduced on Capitol Hill

July 29, 2015

On Thursday, bipartisan members of Congress, Tony Cárdenas (D-California) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), introduced a bill to allow the federal government to give grants to programs that help integrate immigrants and encourage civic participation. This legislation, called the New Americans Success Act, is championed by New Americans Campaign partners NALEO Educational Fund and the National […]

Carnegie Corporation Celebrates ‘Great Immigrants: The Pride of America’

July 28, 2015

This July Carnegie Corporation celebrated its yearly campaign, “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America.” Carnegie Corporation is one of the founding funders of the New Americans Campaign. The Great Immigrants campaign is a yearly celebration that honors well-known naturalized citizens who have made notable contributions to the progress of our society. It is a salute […]

A Journey ‘Home’

July 27, 2015

The following post is written by Breandán Magee, senior director of programs with our partner the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) in Chicago. Becoming a United States citizen is a milestone moment in the life of any immigrant, and it comes with a flood of emotions. I naturalized in March of this […]

USCIS Expands Municipal Citizenship Outreach Partnerships

July 10, 2015

In the past three months, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has added three cities to its Citizenship Outreach Partnerships. On April 23, USCIS announced the signing of a letter of agreement with the City of Atlanta to promote citizenship awareness. In the letter of agreement, USCIS and Atlanta committed to, among other things: […]

USCIS Releases Materials for Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative

July 8, 2015

Earlier this week, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a series of promotional materials as part of the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative. This media campaign initiative was launched under the Task Force on New Americans and part of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The media campaign is intended to raise […]

Detroit Welcomes New Americans at Citizenship Ceremony

July 2, 2015

On June 26, the City of Detroit’s Immigration Task Force hosted a citizenship ceremony where 105 people from 37 countries were welcomed as new U.S. citizens. The ceremony was held in partnership with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, a New Americans Campaign partner. Wojciech Zolnowski, executive […]

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 2,750 naturalization workshops and clinics.

    Campaign funded partners have nearly doubled the annual number of naturalization applications completed with New Americans Campaign funding since the first year.
  • Nearly 169,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $149 million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed CitizenshipWorks, an online tool, across the NAC in multiple settings and languages. This quarter the NAC also began to integrate the new CitizenshipWorks mobile phone app into services, and are poised to pilot CitizenshipWorks 2.0 with a New York partner.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More